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Alleged domestic assault causes serious injury to woman

A Pequot Lakes man faces two felony assault charges after alleged injuries he caused required a woman to be airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. Kip Lamarr Bohlke, 24, Pequot Lakes, remained in the Crow Wing County Jail Friday after officers received...

Kip Lamarr Bohlke
Kip Lamarr Bohlke

A Pequot Lakes man faces two felony assault charges after alleged injuries he caused required a woman to be airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital.

Kip Lamarr Bohlke, 24, Pequot Lakes, remained in the Crow Wing County Jail Friday after officers received the report of the alleged assault on June 23.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office, the Breezy Point Police Department received a call from an employee of the emergency department at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd after a woman arrived there with injuries consistent with an assault.

The woman was very disoriented, had visible injuries including a possible handprint on her face and a possible head injury. The officer investigating the assault soon learned the woman's condition was deteriorating and she went unconscious, requiring intubation. The woman was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital to receive a higher level of care, the complaint stated.

The officer spoke with the property owner where the woman lived and learned although the person did not witness an assault, they heard Bohlke say, "That's why I slapped you."

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The property owner also witnessed Bohlke throw a stainless steel cooking pot at the victim, but it did not connect.

As the officer was speaking with the property owner, Bohlke allegedly sent the person text messages stating: "I'm sorry this happened - Yea well I'm gonna be sitting 10 yrs once they catch me - I lost it I shouldn't have smacked her but it's (expletive) that she would do that to me."

The officer learned the incident to which Bohlke was apparently referring involved a Facebook post.

Bohlke was charged in Crow Wing County District Court with felony first-degree assault causing great bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, and felony domestic assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His bail was set at $150,000 without conditions of release or $75,000 with conditions of release.

Bohlke's previous criminal history includes convictions for assault. In March 2015, he was convicted for misdemeanor domestic assault and misdemeanor violating an order for protection. Bohlke is also facing two felony charges-one for domestic assault and one for terroristic threats with reckless disregard of risk-in a separate incident that occurred in April.

In that incident, Bohlke allegedly got into an argument with a victim about a dog. According to the complaint, Bohlke apparently shoved the victim into a wall, slammed her to the ground and choked her before threatening to kill her.

Bohlke is scheduled to appear for his next court hearing at 9 a.m. July 25.

CHELSEY PERKINS may be reached at 218-855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DispatchChelsey .

Related Topics: PEQUOT LAKESCRIME
Chelsey Perkins is the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. A lakes area native, Perkins joined the Dispatch staff in 2014. She is the Crow Wing County government beat reporter and the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute" podcast.
Reach her at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or at 218-855-5874 and find @DispatchChelsey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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